Heavy delays on LIE after tractor-trailer overturns in Melville

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MELVILLE, N.Y. –  Authorities say a tractor trailer has overturned on the Long Island Expressway, causing severe traffic delays for morning commuters.

The accident happened just before 6 a.m. in the westbound lanes near exit 50 in Melville.

Westbound lanes are closed between exits 50 and 49.

Suffolk County police say it appears that the driver escaped injury. No one else was hurt and no other vehicle appeared to be involved.

Cars are being diverted to the service road where traffic is bumper to bumper.

It’s not immediately clear what caused the accident.